i have 5 americana (sp?) chicks and my boyfriend has 5 california whites and 5 of ideals hybrid of them i guess is what they are....anywho.. i had an issue with our 1st batch of chicks and out of 25 we only saved like 9 (we got 'added for warmth' roosters as well) they reshipped the hens we lost plus more rooster buddies (and i added 2 more chicks to my origional order of 3 americanas:yiipchick) so now we have 3-4 week olds and 2-3 weeks olds. they are causing a ton of commotion, 'flying the coop' and spilling their water and all the crazy chickadee things. my question is..... when can i take the heat lamp off of them?? i cant put my lid on until the lamp is off....i tried to and it melted my lid around my wire. if pictures of my box and its placement are necessary i can post them PS- the chicks are stored inside in both of our bedrooms.... i think i converted my boyfriend into a ChickadeePop hehehe thanks a bunch!!